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Paradise Isle


Published 1937


A blind artist is on his way to Java to see a doctor about an operation to restore his sight when the ship sinks and he washes up on a tropical island.


Run time 01:10:22
Producer Dorothy Davenport
Production Company Monogram Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, black & white

Reviews

Reviewer: Dark Moon - - May 16, 2011
Subject: Wish I did

Wish I could say that I enjoyed it as much as the other reviewers, but there was a surfeit of stereotypes and cliches that got in my way, from innocent natives (except the chief was a little more savvy) who hula all day, to greedy, crooked, rotten island traders (at least they get poetic justice, which helps a little, even though the way it happens is another cliche) who treat the natives pretty much like dirt. The native girl who scrapes the half-drowned artist off of the beach, nurses him to health, and stays by him in spite of his evil temper is scarcely credible, though certainly sweet. Perhaps the most credible character is the native guy who is sweet on the girl, and wants to get rid of the artist.

Just when things look to get interesting (the doctor comes to the island after said jealous native paddles his outrigger canoe out to go get him), the sound fades into incomprehensibility below the hiss and static. However, like someone else mentioned, it is still possible to follow the story—at least in general. The least credible part is where the doctor lets the artist out of his agreement so that love can triumph in the end, but the sweetness of the last scene does make up for a lot, even though it is another cliche.

I can see the appeal of the fantasy, though: The tropical island paradise, where life is relatively easy, and where human relationships are simple and clear-cut. Certainly that sounds appealing compared to the constant uncertainty, complexity, and stress of modern industrial civilization (and it's even more that way now than when the film was made). It makes for a lovely dream. I guess it's my misfortune, though, to have taken all those anthropology classes in school. Oh well...

Two stars, really, but I don't want to be a total curmudgeon...
Reviewer: topcat57 - - April 4, 2011
Subject: Paradise Isle Indeed
I am just old enough to have seen television reruns of movies from this time period. I love the simplicity of the relationships, man-woman and man to man, the way it used to be. This island paradise is the basis of many of my getting away from it all fantasies.
Although the sound track is bad in a few short segments, you can still get the gist of those scenes from what you can hear. I really enjoyed this. Hope you will.
Reviewer: dontbeafraid - - January 17, 2010
Subject: Lyrical South Sea Romance
Well written story, moved along smoothly, believable characters, brilliant photography and real native music, light and darkness well-balanced in characters, ending not predictable! It made me believe again.
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